George Duke, the Grammy-winning jazz keyboardist and producer, who collaborated with Frank Zappa during the 1970s, has died at St John's hospital in Los Angeles on Wednesday. He was 67.
The news was confirmed by former Supremes singer Scherrie Payne, the BBC reported.
Duke's latest album, DreamWeaver, was released in July, as a tribute to his wife Corine, who died from cancer a year ago.
Duke was an accomplished musician across multiple genres, including jazz, funk and R&B, and released more than 30 solo albums.
His work has also been sampled by musicians such as Kanye West and Ice Cube and he featured on the Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter, Jill Scott's, third album.
Duke, who was due to perform with his band in Los Angeles in early September, is survived by his sons, Rasheed and John.